THURSDAY

  • CAREROOTS VEGAN BRUNCH: 10 a.m., Cafe Istanbul, 2372 St. Claude Ave. neworleanshealingcenter.org.
  • MARKETPLACE AT ARMSTRONG PARK: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Armstrong Park, 701 N. Rampart St. Produce, baked goods, Louisiana seafood, handmade beauty products, arts, crafts and entertainment. www.icdnola.org.
  • FAMILY DAY AT WOLDENBERG PARK: 1 p.m.-dark. Live music performances, cooking demonstrations, family games and prizes, kids zone activity area and much more. Free. Visit essencefestival.com for more details.
  • UNCLE SAM JAM: 4 p.m., Lafreniere Park, Metairie. Music, food, kids’ activities, fireworks. Christian Serpas and Ghost Town at 5:30 p.m., and Lee Greenwood at 7:30 p.m. No outside food or beverages. Free.

CITY PARK THIRD OF JULY: 6:30 P.M., GOLDRING/WOLDENBERG GREAT LAWN. MARINE CORPS ROCK BAND, FIREWORKS AT 9 P.M.

  • BLACK EXCELLENCE BOAT PARTY: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Creole Queen, One Poydras Street. Music by DJ RO, cash bar for drinks and food for sale. Ages 23 and older only. $50. blackexcellencenola.com.
  • SPARKS IN THE PARK: 7 p.m.-9 p.m., Bogue Falaya Park, downtown Covington. Patriotic music, fireworks, face painting, food and drinks. Call (985) 892-1811.

KENNER CELEBRATION: 9:30 P.M. CITY OF KENNER AND TREASURE CHEST CASINO SPONSOR A FIREWORKS SHOW ON THE KENNER LAKEFRONT. FREE.

FRIDAY

  • FEED THE MULTITUDES: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Victory Fellowship Church, 5708 Airline Drive, Metairie. Live entertainment, free haircuts, manicures, pedicures, a shoe giveaway and free food, including jambalaya, barbecue chicken and snowballs.
  • RED, WHITE AND BUTTERFLIES: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, 423 Canal St. Guests will learn about the life histories of several butterfly species and their life spans, butterfly gardening, butterfly farming in other countries and the differences between butterflies and moths. A butterfly release and chat are scheduled at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m. Regular admission applies.
  • BUCKTOWN BASH: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Bucktown Harbor and Marina, 325 Metairie-Hammond Highway, Metairie. Blessing of the shrimp fleet, live entertainment, kids’ activities, arts and crafts, food from Bucktown restaurants and more. $5; free, children ages 12 and younger.
  • MANDEVILLE CITY SEAFOOD FESTIVAL: noon to midnight, Fontainebleu Park, 62883 La. 1089, Mandeville. Live music, food, crafts, children’s rides, fireworks and more. Proceeds benefit National Alliance of Mental Illness of St. Tammany. mandevillecityseafoodfest.com.
  • OLD FASHIONED 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION: 1:30 p.m., 803 Main St., Madisonville. Patriotic parade with floats, a flag-raising ceremony, children’s games, a horseshoe tournament, a beauty pageant, music, food and fireworks.
  • JULY 4TH AT TWELVE MILE LIMIT: 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., Twelve Mile Limit, 500 S. Telemachus St. Food trucks, drinks and music. Call (504) 488-8114
  • OLD ALGIERS HARVEST FRESH MARKET: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Old Algiers Harvest Fresh Market, 922 Teche St. Produce, seafood and more are available for purchase. oldalgiersharvestfreshmarket.com.
  • AMERICA, THE PARTY: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Rusty Nail, 1100 Constance St. Music, dancing, food trucks, drinks, a photo booth, and a Jell-O eating contest. Call (504) 525-5515
  • KREWE OF KOLOSSUS BOAT PARADE: 5 p.m. until sunset, Bayou St. John at Orleans Avenue. Floating parade. Creative costumes and participation in kayaks, canoes, rafts and paddle boats encouraged, but no gas motors, glitter, beads or glass bottles allowed. Free.
  • FOOD TRUCK NIGHT WITH EMPANADA INTIFADA: 6 p.m., Faubourg Wines, 2805 St. Claude Ave. Empanada Intifada offers a delectable menu of tasty treats, and the shop provides the perfect wine pairings. Indoor and outdoor seating. Call (504) 342-2217.
  • SHABBAT SERVICE: 6:15 p.m., Temple Sinai, 6227 St. Charles Ave. Celebrate Independence Day with a Red, White and Jewish Shabbat Service followed by a picnic style Oneg Shabbat.
  • ALL AMERICAN DAY SOIREE HOSTED BY QUEEN OF R&B MARY J. BLIGE: 1 p.m., Apres Champagne Lounge, 608 Fulton St. Bottle presentations, appearances by artists and models. Ages 25 and older only. $45.
  • THE PURPLE REIGN-PRINCE CONCERT AFTER PARTY NOLA FESTIVAL WEEKEND: 10 p.m., Historic Carver Theater, 2101 Orleans Ave. Featuring music by Brother Jules, official DJ for Prince. blackcardpromotions.com.
  • GO FOURTH ON THE RIVER: Dueling barges fireworks extravaganza over the Mississippi River, choreographed to patriotic classics, broadcast on Magic 101.9, WWL 870 AM and FM, and wwl.com. 9 p.m. Free.
  • FIREWORKS IN ST. BERNARD: 4:30 p.m.- 9 p.m., fireworks, rides, food, crafts and live music by Amanda Shaw and the Top Cats. Hot-dog eating contest at 6 p.m. On the grounds behind the Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center, 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette.
  • WESTWEGO FARMERS AND FISHERIES MARKET FOURTH OF JULY: 7 p.m., Sala Avenue at Fourth Street, fireworks and music with activities starting at 7 p.m. Friday.
  • THURSDAY-SUNDAY

    2014 ESSENCE FESTIVAL: MERCEDES-BENZ SUPERDOME. CONCERTS EACH NIGHT IN THE SUPERDOME AND THE FREE ESSENCEEMPOWERMENT EXPERIENCE. MAINSTAGE PERFORMERS INCLUDE PRINCE, LIONEL RICHIE, CHARLIE WILSON, NAS AND TANK. $58-$1,100. (512) 986-0051. ESSENCE.COM.

    FRIDAY-SUNDAY

    • “A HARD DAY’S NIGHT”: 7:30 p.m. Friday; noon Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday, Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania St. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of this film starring one of the greatest bands of all time. Beatles expert Bruce Spizer will be at each screening where he will be giving presentations, leading discussions and signing copies of his books. $15.

    SATURDAY

    • CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, Magazine Street Market, Magazine and Girod streets. The market features produce, flowers and food. Call (504) 861-5898.
    • MEN’S 3-ON-3 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT: 8 a.m., F.L. Sartin Family Life Center, 3200 Ames Blvd., Marrero, A Summer Basketball Tournament to help raise funds for Revolution Student Ministries. RSM is the youth minstry of First Pentecostal Church of the Westbank and is dedicated to reaching out to our community to educate and equip young men and women with bible-based tools that will help them grow mentally and spiritually. RSM is taking our youth group to Dallas, TX for a Summer Trip that will involve team-building, spiritual devotion, recreation, and give them one last mini-vacation before diving into the school year! We appreciate your participation in this year’s tournament.
    • Team Registration-$40.00
    • Tournament Sponsor-$0.00 $0-$40.00.
    • GERMAN COAST FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon., Ormond Plantation, 13786 River Road, Destrehan. The market features vegetables, fruits, flowers and other items. germancoastfarmersmarket.org.
    • LAFOURCHE CENTRAL MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Lafourche Central Market Pavilion, 4484 Highway 1, Raceland. Shop fresh, shop local at the Lafourche Central Market with local farmers, fishermen, artisans and more. Open every Saturday. Free. Call (985) 438-1231.
    • ENTREPRENEUR TRAINING FOR TEENS: 9:30 a.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Businesswoman Hope Encalade leads a 10-week series that encourages teens in sixth-12th grades to become entrepreneurs. Continues through Aug. 9. Call (504) 838-1190.
    • PELICAN GREENHOUSE PLANT SALE: 9 a.m. to noon, Pelican Greenhouse (off Henry Thomas Drive just south of the I-610 underpass), City Park. Featuring a variety of plants for sale. Free. (504) 483-9464, plants@nocp.org
    • NEW ORLEANS MOMPRENEURS RECOGNITION BRUNCH: 11 a.m., Appolline, 4729 Magazine St. Celebrating the New Orleans and Baton Rouge female entrepreneurs who are successfully balancing raising children and running a business.
    • STORYTIME WITH MISS MAUREEN: 11:30 a.m., Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St. “The Treehouse that Jack Built” by Bonnie Verburg and illustrator Mark Teague. Call (504) 866-4916. maplestreetbookshop.com.
    • “NEW ORLEANS HISTORIC HOMES” AUTHOR SIGNING: 1 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3721 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Bonnie Warren signs her new book. Call (504) 455-4929. barnesandnoble.com.
    • THE W.O.W. IN WHITE DAY PARTY HOSTED BY R&B SUPERSTAR RAHEEM DEVAUGHN AND VH-1 ACTOR ROB RILEY: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., Apres Champagne Lounge, 608 Fulton St. Raheem Devaughn and actor Rob Riley will be hosting. $60. Call (504) 312-1175.
    • STORYTIME: 3 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3721 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Children will listen to “Oh Dear, Geoffrey!” by Gemma O’Neill and make a giraffe craft. Call (504) 455-4929. barnesandnoble.com.
    • “NEW ORLEANS HURRICANES FROM THE START” AUTHOR SIGNING: 3 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3721 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Nicholas Meis signs his new book. Call (504) 455-4929. barnesandnoble.com.
    • MOVIE IN THE PARK CRAFT SHOW EVENT: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Mississippi River Heritage Park, 3rd St and Williams Blvd, Kenner, Part of Kenner’s Rivertown Christmas in July. Local crafters offer gift ideas from 5 p.m. At 8 p.m., view the holiday movie “Elf.” Blankets or lawn chairs encouraged. No food, drink or pets. Concessions will be sold. Weather permitting. (504) 468-7231.
    • “LASER HOLIDAYS” AT KENNER PLANETARIUM: 6 p.m., Kenner Planetarium & MegaDome Cinema, 2020 Fourth St., Kenner, Part of Kenner’s Rivertown Christmas in July. Local crafters offer gift ideas from 5 p.m. At 8 p.m., view the holiday movie “Elf.” Blankets or lawn chairs encouraged. No food, drink or pets. Concessions will be sold. Weather permitting. $2. (504) 468-7231. http://www.bigmoviezone.com/txshows/theaters/index.html?uniq=773

    SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

    • SWAP MEET NOLA: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., St. Margaret’s, 3525 Bienville St. Animal-friendly, mini-enterprise sponsored by the Humane Society of Louisiana offering items from more than 30 local vendors that range from original artwork, to indigenous plants to handmade organic/vegan soaps, lotions and shampoos. Proceeds from some of the market’s sales will help support the Humane Society humane programs around the state. swapmeetnola.com.

    SATURDAY, TUESDAY, THURSDAY

    • YOGA AT THE CABILDO: 8:30 a.m. Saturday; 7:30 a.m Tuesday and Thursday, Louisiana State Museum Cabildo, 701 Chartres St. Yoga classes for all experience levels. Call (504) 568-6968.

    SATURDAY AND WEDNESDAY

    • COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Covington City Hall, 609 N. Columbia St., Covington. The market offers local produce. Call (985) 892-1873.

    SUNDAY

    • ESSENCE SUNDAY SPOKEN WORD BRUNCH: 10 a.m., Cafe Istanbul, 2372 St. Claude Ave. Open mic. The bar will be open and food will be sold. Those interested in performing should text (504) 534-5044.

    ADULT/SWIM: NOON-5 P.M., W HOTEL NEW ORLEANS, 333 POYDRAS ST. SUNDAYS THROUGH AUG. 24. DJS, GIVEAWAYS AND FOOD AND DRINK OPTIONS AT THE W HOTEL’S ROOFTOP POOL. $10, FREE, HOTEL GUESTS. AGES 21 AND OLDER ONLY. CALL (504) 525-9444.

    • THE HANGOVER BRUNCH PART 2: noon, Eiffel Society, 2040 St. Charles Ave. Sounds by DJ Diagnosis, photobooth by Squareface Photobooth, bottomless mimosas, poinsettias and more. Ages 21 and older only. Call (504) 525-2951 or email vip@eiffelsociety.com.
    • SUPERBOWLING WITH THE SUPERFANS: 1 p.m., Rock ‘n’ Bowl, 3000 S. Carrollton Ave. Bowling, a silent auction, 50/50, parade of prizes, T-shirts, food, music and more. Event raises money for a Saints fan in need of a wheelchair accessible van. rocknbowl.com.
    • SOFAB COOKING DEMO: 2 p.m., French Market, corner of Gov. Nicholls Street and French Market Place. Local chefs cook their signature dishes Sundays through November. Sponsored by Southern Food and Beverage Museum. Call (504) 522-2621.
    • CABANA ALL-WHITE PARTY: 6 p.m., Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave. $100-$150. bignightneworleans.com.
    • SWINGIN’ SUNDAYS: 8 p.m., AllWays Theatre, 1030 Marigny. Free dance lessons at 8 p.m. are followed by a live band at 9 p.m. Call (504) 758-5590.
    • FINAL FEST BLOWOUT: 10 p.m., Masquerade Club at Harrahs New Orleans, 228 Poydras St. Featuring DJ Hi C. $20, general admission; $40, exclusive VIP skip the line. Call (504) 265-7976 or email normasquerade@caesars.com.
    • FADE TO BLACK III, THE TRILOGY ... ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014: 10 p.m., The Wine Bistro, 1011 Gravier St. Music by Baltimore’s 92Q & 95.9 DJ Kenny K. $25 (314) 226-2893.

    MONDAY

    • KUNDALINI YOGA WITH SALLY DUNN: 6 p.m., Northlake Nature Center, 23135 La. 160, Mandeville. Bring your own yoga mat and dress for the outdoor weather under the pavilion. Space is limited. Reservations required. Free for members; $5, nonmembers. Call (985) 626-1238 or email rue@northlakenature.org.

    MONDAY NIGHT WRITER’S GROUP: 7:30 P.M., BARNES & NOBLE, 3721 VETERANS MEMORIAL BLVD., METAIRIE. MEETING EVERY MONDAY. CALL (504) 455-4929. BARNESANDNOBLE.COM.

    MONDAY-FRIDAY, JULY 11

    • ADVENTURE, WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE BY MAURICE SENDAK CAMP: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, 900 Camp St. Campers ages 6-14 will discover what makes a good adventure. They will then present their visual, musical, culinary, dramatic, and kinesthetic interpretations. $220 per week; $190 per week, CAC members. Call (504) 528-3805. cacno.org.

    SWAMP THINGS CAMP: 9 A.M. TO 3 P.M., LOUISIANA CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, 420 JULIA ST. CHILDREN AGES 5-8 WILL TAKE AN IMAGINARY PIROGUE RIDE THROUGH THE MAJESTIC SWAMPS OF LOUISIANA. EMAIL GCONNORS@LCM.ORG OR CALL (504) 266-2412. $190, MEMBERS; $215, NONMEMBERS. CALL (504) 266-2412. LCM.ORG.

    SUMMER CAMPS: NEW ORLEANS MUSEUM OF ART, COLLINS DIBOLL CIRCLE. ON THE STAGE: INSTALLING THEATRE: CHILDREN AGES 9-12 WILL EXPLORE THE DRAMATIC POSSIBILITIES OF NOMA’S GALLERIES AND CREATE A THEATER PERFORMANCE INSPIRED BY WORKS OF ART. IN THE STUDIO: A STORY IN PICTURES FOR AGES 9-12: CAMPERS WILL TELL THEIR STORY IN PICTURES USING DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES INCLUDING ILLUSTRATION AND CARTOONING. HALF DAY: MEMBERS, $130; NONMEMBERS, $160; FULL DAY: MEMBERS, $260; NONMEMBERS, $320. EMAIL EDUCATION@NOMA.ORG OR CALL (504) 658-4128.

    TUESDAY

    • MORNINGS WITH MOMMY! STORYTIME: 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3721 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Children will hear “I’m Not Cute!” by Jonathan Allen and make a craft. Call (504) 455-4929. barnesandnoble.com.
    • BRIAN KRANS: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Krans discusses and signs his book, “Assault Rifles & Pedophiles: An American Love Story.” Intertwining his experiences working retail and reporting for newspapers, Brian Krans writes his own version of a classic love story. (504) 895-2266

    ‘REBBE, THE LIFE AND TEACHINGS OF MENACHEM M. SCHNEERSON’ EVENT: 6:30 P.M., BARNES & NOBLE, 3721 VETERANS MEMORIAL BLVD., METAIRIE. IN THIS BIOGRAPHY, JOSEPH TELUSHKIN OFFERS A PORTRAIT OF THE LATE RABBI. BOOK TALK AND EVENT. CALL (504) 455-4929. STORELOCATOR.BARNESANDNOBLE.COM.

    WEDNESDAY

    • WHITE GLOVE WEDNESDAYS: 9 a.m. to noon, The National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St. Curator Eric Rivet leads a program on the uniforms and equipment used by American and German soldiers during World War II. Free with admission. Call (504) 528-1944, ext. 288. ddaymuseum.org.
    • WEDNESDAYS ON THE POINT: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Algiers Point Riverfront, 200 Morgan St. Live music, food and local vendors. Call (504) 362-6436.
    • NATURE WALK AND TITIVATION: 5:45 p.m., Northlake Nature Center, 23135 La. 160, Mandeville. A two hour walk in the woods. Loppers are limited. Call (985) 626-1238 or email rue@northlakenature.org.
    • MTC MOVIE NIGHT FUNDRAISER: 7 p.m., Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania St. The Monumental Task Committee, Inc. presents a special showing of “Singing in the Rain” featuring signature cocktails, movie concessions and prizes. $15. theprytania.com.
    • THE TEMPLE SINAI MOVIE SERIES : 7 p.m., Temple Sinai, 6227 St. Charles Ave. Screening of “Putzel” (2012). $5 per person. Snack provided.
    • READING BETWEEN THE WINES: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Pearl Wine Co., 3700 Orleans Ave. Local authors will discuss and sign their books. Pearl will offer $5 glasses of wine, and Indochow will provide a food pop-up. Maple St. Book Shop will sell books. Free. www.fleurdelit.com for more information.